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Let the Music Play: New Classes begin Feb. 1 at Concord Community Music School

CONCORD, N.H. – Concord Community Music School is welcoming new and continuing students for private lessons and ensembles, including several exciting new “Inside the Music” remote classes in musical theatre, traditional music, and Song Club that begin February 1. Please visit www.ccmusicschool.org for a list of offerings and biographies of our talented faculty members, who have been outstanding in staying connected with their students and delivering highly praised virtual teaching. Enrollment is ongoing throughout the spring semester for private lessons, with the popular student recitals and weekly performance workshops continuing on YouTube and Zoom this spring. Welcoming participation from young children, teens, and adults into their 90’s, financial aid is available and central to the Music School’s inclusive mission.

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We are using feedback from our recent Fall Learning survey to build upon all the successes of new learning by the faculty since March! Thanks to everyone who answered the survey, and congratulations to Jenny Hok, who won the raffle. By chance, Jenny is a great example of how we’ve all adapted to the temporary new normal: she is currently living in Ireland, and has been able to continue to study fiddle with Liz Faiella, our folk, jazz, and popular music department chair, from across the ocean!

Jenny and 140+ other survey respondents were generous in their praise for the Music School’s faculty. One respondent commented: “all boxes are checked – great communication, set up and follow up, great content.” Many others noted their teachers’ commitment, creativity, encouragement, and patience during a time of stress. Survey respondents correctly noted that there’s nothing quite like making music together in the same time and space, and offered hope that we’ll be harmonizing in person soon.

There’s a silver lining to be seen: survey respondents expressed enthusiasm for remote instruction. “I love that you offered such a robust virtual experience. We were not getting lessons before the pandemic, but since you offered a virtual option, it gave us the opportunity to try it out and now we are hooked!”

A tongue-in-cheek response to a survey question made us smile: “not unsatisfied with anything – except my own playing!” At the Music School, we continue to research and build upon our new expertise in virtual teaching, and we encourage all music students to keep making music for joy and personal satisfaction. “I hope everyone is able to keep their spirits up right now. I know how teaching in the virtual world feels and how exhausting it is. These lessons let us keep our routine and allow (my child) to grow and make progress.”

The Music School is following all official guidelines for social distancing and personal protection from the CDC and State of NH, plus music-specific protocols developed by our colleagues at Peabody Preparatory, a division of Johns Hopkins. Our facility is staffed daily for use by faculty and students for in-person recordings, practicing, and instruction in our largest spaces.

Please visit www.ccmusicschool.org or call 603-228-1196 for more information or to inquire about lessons, ensembles, or classes.

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